Emotional Health & Well-Being
with Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD
Saturday April 27, 9:00-10:00 AM
The integration of Ayurveda with yoga yields a perfect template for improving our emotional intelligence and physical well-being. The latest science clearly demonstrates the link between mind, emotions, and disease but offers few tools that target this mind-body connection to promote healing. In addition to discussing the impact of stress and social problems on physical and emotional health, this session will explore how to manage negative feelings and encourage a positive mindset that fosters success in work, relationships, and overall wellness.
The speaker will share enlightening observations drawn from his clinical experience in helping clients cultivate emotional stability and resilience through various alternative modalities including Vedic counseling; Panchakarma; emotional detox; herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes; and spirituality.
Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic Physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University. A Rig Vedic Brahmin by tradition and an accomplished clinician by training, he brings tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an insightful medical astrologer and Vedic counselor.
Ayurveda and the Mind
with Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, AD
Saturday April 27, 7:30-8:30 PM
Charaka speaks a great deal about the mind, body and spirit. He says Sattvam atma sharirancha triyam etat tridandavat, Sattvam the mind, atman the conscious principle, and shriram the physical body. This mind, body and consciousness, is the foundation of life, the unity of life. Charaka says the mind, body, and consciousness are bridged together by prana. Whatever changes happen in prana, they can be revealed in the mind, and whatever changes happen in the mind, they can influence prana. Prana is the life force and manas is the mind, they go together. The mind is derived from pure sattvic quality and without the mind; neither the body nor prana can operate. What is mind? Mind is the flow of thought. And what is thought? Thought is the response of memory. And what is memory? Memory is accumulated knowledge and experience. From accumulated knowledge and experience, thought comes and the flow of the thought is the mind. Just as we have a physical constitution with vata, pitta and kapha, we have a psychological constitution, manas prakruti, with sattva rajas and tamas. We will explore this wonderful wisdom of Ayurveda and the mind in a practical, clinical way which is the foundation of Ayurvedic psychology.
Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, founded The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque in 1984 and is its Director and principal instructor. In 2013 he founded Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India. With 50 years of clinical experience, he has authored numerous books, including the Text Book of Ayurveda series and hundreds of articles.
Foundations of Ayurvedic Psychology
with David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
Sunday April 28, 9:00-10:00 AM
Ayurveda traditionally covers health and disease for body and mind, which reflect one another. It is inherently as much a psychological therapy as a physical treatment. Its emphasis on reducing the doshas and improving sattva guna provides it with a foundation on both levels. Ayurveda’s relationship with Yoga and Vedanta enhances its psychological approach. Ayurveda’s behavioral and lifestyle regimens, which include meditation, sustain psychological wellbeing overall. My talk on Ayurveda and the Mind will address the importance of the psychological aspects of Ayurveda, their relevance today in the information age, and how they provide the basis for right living, longevity, happiness and Self-realization. It will address healing methods from mantra to meditation, but also special Ayurvedic herbs for the mind.
David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a world-respected teacher of Ayurveda, yoga, Vedanta, and Vedic studies, and one of the four founding advisors for NAMA. He has taught extensively on yoga and Ayurvedic psychology, Vedic counseling, and meditation. He is Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies.